This article addresses two vital, although very elusive and problematic, aspects of the early church in Scandinavia. One is the intermediate phase between initial Christianization (probably to be placed in the tenth and early eleventh centuries) and the later parish formation phase (in the late twelfth and thirteenth centuries). The other concerns the incentive for parish formation: one still unsolved problem, for instance, is why in Scandinavia the word to be used for a ‘parish’ was sokn, an old legal word, which more or less simultaneously became the word for a ‘parish’ used all over Scandinavia (except Iceland).
|Title of host publication||Medieval Christianity in the North|
|Subtitle of host publication||New Studies|
|Editors||Kirsi Salonen, Kurt Villads Jensen, Torstein Jørgensen|
|Place of Publication||Turnhout|
|Number of pages||17|
|Publication status||Published - Jan 2013|